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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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very good

3,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,095
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 73
Gots: 202 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)
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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly, forming a tight light tan head that lasts a good duration. The body is dark brownish copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

In the aroma the typical nutty character of brown ales dominates, along with some cola qualities.

Taste wise I'm getting toasted almonds with a slightly brisk herbal finish.

Moderately carbonated and medium in body. This brew is crisp enough to be refreshing, but complex enough to keep this from being boring.

Photo of jj311
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-solid dark brown color with reddish-copper like hues when penetrated by light. I wasn't overly impressed with the foam-head, which is thin to medium at best depending on how hard the pour, and seems to dissipate quicker then it should, however I was pleased with the decent lacing left behind.

Smell: The smell that stuck out most to me was a sweet Brown Sugar, among a nutty, toasty coffee scent.

Taste: I was surprised how this beer was not overly sweet as I was expecting might be the case. Brown sugar with roasty malt and dark chocolate. Somewhat Buscuity and a hop bite at the end. Flavors could be a bit more strongly pronounced though.

Mouthfeel: Thin to Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Most definitely drinkable. Aside from the fact that I wished it was a bit "stronger" and pronounced in flavor, it was definitely pleasant to drink. I plan to buy this again.

Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thoroughly dark color for a brown ale. The head was a little thin and not long enough lasting, but it did leave some nice lacing on the glass which earns it some pointage.
S- Smell is coffee and nut with a bit of caramel in there.
T- The taste is a bit "toastier" than the aroma but all the smells come through in the taste as well. A nice malty finish as well. Some pine hops in the background throughout.
M- Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, medium carbonation.
D- Really a nice, moderate beer from SN. Nice and well rounded and thoroughly enjoyable. Would make a great grill out beer.

Photo of DJED69
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice change of pace brew from SN. Pours a dark copper-brown. Head is about an inch of creamy foam that settles to a nice cap. Smell wasn't all that great---not too distinguished. Taste is quite nice. Malt dominates, with a touch of sweetness, touch of hop bitterness. I do wish it had a tad more body, it is a bit thin. Overall, a pleasant take on a classic English style ale. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker copper color with a thin cap of head that hangs around for a while. A lot of nutty, toasted malt in the aroma, but also some sweeter, molasses notes mixing in. The taste follows suit of the aroma - lots of toasted malt nuttiness with some piney hop bitterness on the back end. More nuttiness on the lingering, slightly astringent finish. Body is medium and creamy and drinkability is good. This is a tasty brown ale!

Photo of samie85
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a burnt sienna color with a thick, cratery, two finger cappuccino foam colored head.

S-Smells mostly of roasted and caramel malts with a clean hop nose and some biscuity aromas.

T-Nutty and biscuity upfront with a well defined roastiness in the middle and a bitter hop finish.

M-Thin to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-Pretty decent offering for the style although not a personal favorite. I definitely prefer a brown ale with less roasted and hop characteristics.

Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-10-20 in Reno, NV from a 24 oz bomber.

A - Somewhat hazy brown with a nice head.

S - Smells sweet and nutty with a tiny bit of hop aroma.

T - Doesn't knock you over the head but the rich-tasting toasted malt balances sweetness against some astringent nutella flavor. Not much bitterness but you can tell the hops are present.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not creamy.

D - Easy to drink Quality ingredients. Good for the style although I like more aggressive flavors in my brews.

Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my ussual choice for a Holloween brew but picked this up in a 24oz brown bottle. Enjoyed while handing out treats. you know the drill.

It poured a dark brown with good light affect to show its clearity. Mild carbonation. Nice 3/4 inch tawney head that sticks around to lace fair.

Aroma was nutty, pine like with a sweet yet hop hint.

Taste, toasted bread, roasty malts thru-out with a hint of brown sugared coffee. A slight round-out hop to finish.

Good smooth mouth that aids the drinkability well.
Im not real big on nut browns, but thisone worked. Good job on Tembler.

Photo of mbrown26
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good seasonal beer.

I poured the beverage into a pub style glass and was greeted with a somewhat brownish, reddish hue. The smell of this brew was a little bit harsh for my taste. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of bitterness, and if I had to guess by smell alone, I thought bitterness would reign supreme.

However, this beer had loads of flavor that was anything but bitter. I kept getting the flavor of nuts or something that reminded me a harvest. Great finish and would like to buy more.

First offering from Sierra Nevada that I've tried and would like to try more.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my standard pilsner. Not the correct glassware but oh well. Lovely ruby-brown color with a one inch head and long lasting fluff. Lacing as well. Nice. Smell was sweet malt as was the flavor. Strangely I got almost nothing on the flavor with a nice sweet aftertaste. Malt 70/Hops 30. Mouthfeel was medium and drinkability was great. This would make a great session beer or an introduction to craft for someone you wouldn't want to blow away with a west coast IPA.

Photo of salvo
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Once again my nemesis: headache from the tannins or dark roasted malts. So take my numbers above with a grain of salt.

Pours a beautiful chocolate brown with an inch of creamy head. Head persists.

First taste is rich, creamy, chocolatey malts with enough hops to keep the tongue interested. Then pain ensues for me.

Photo of leokbelo
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium to dark brown on a Pint glass, 1 1/2 inch creamy head, dissipates later into a 1/2 inch lacing. Bready yeast on the nose, hint of chocolate and caramel, medium hops.
Lightly sweet on the tongue, malty with some hops to balance it.
At 5% ABV, very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of krausenman
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a clear deep garnet to brown color and is capped with a light tan head of lacy foam.

S-You smell a spicy and nutty yeast smell at first that is combined with a chocolate or roasted aroma.

T-The beer has some initial sweetness that is moderatley mixed with a combination of roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee that is followed by some (little) hop flavor. The bitterness level is moderate enough to combine with the other flavors to provide balance to the drinker.

M-It has a light(er) body that is accompanied by a light level of carbonation.

D-Overall that beer is very drinkable. The balance is even enough to make the a session beer with enough flavor to enjoy.

Photo of JayS2629
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle.

A- Reddish autumn amber a little on the dark side. Perfect color for its namesake.

S- Hoppy grassy smell. Another namesake keeper. It smells like a pile of leaves. Cedar and maple. Slight notes of roasted toffee.

T- Somewhat diluted. Watery. Hints of maple on a biscuit. I taste the maple and cedar I smelled.

M- Sappy. Nice, soft and light. Well balanced. smooth.

D- Its a little bit blah. Easy to drink. A little watery.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Almost translucent reddish-brown with an off-white two finger head. Retention is great, and the head leaves behind very sticky lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, nuttiness, and some roasted malt. Faint citric hops in the background.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes hit the tongue first. Nuttiness is present throughout. Citric and oily hops balance well and provide bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with some nutty and toasted flavors, maybe even a bit of chocolate.

M: On the thicker side of moderate and delightfully creamy. Ample carbonation adds crispness. Nicely done.

D: Very high. Very tasty, and a very enjoyable drinking experience.

Notes: This is a great example of the style. Hoppier than its English counterparts, but great nonetheless. A simple beer that offers a most excellent drinking experience. Great for fledgling beer drinkers and more experienced BAs alike.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from 24 oz. bottle(Loved the label and large bottle)a clear brown color with an orange glow and a frothy tan head that settles slowly. Great lacing as this goes down.

S: Roasted malt and fresh baked bread with a roasted nuttiness of hazelnuts. Some bitter orange peel and a slight spice from hops.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, roasted coffee and nuttiness ads a bitter note with the citrus and spicy hops.

M: Medium body with crisp tight carbonation.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable brown ale that is very pleasing to the palate.

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Guess this is a brown ale? It is brown, but certainly also very opaque and thick looking. Darker in some areas. Head formation is light, mocha in color.

S - A very light smelling beer. I can detect a hint of yeast and some toasted malts.

T - Starts off with a light caramel malt sweetness, just a light amount of roast. It becomes more pronounced mid-stream, growing nutty. Lightly hopped, malt forward. Finishes with a nutty malty, at times husky note.

M - Moderate beer body - not thick or cloying, but not thin. Carbonation comes through nicely, although it does not a hair strong for the style.

D - Easy drinking - abv is in line. The carbonation is probably the only downside - not always a great texture and can be filling. Flavors are certainly appropriate for colder weathers.

Photo of soze47
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light in body and a glowing, deep brown. This was frothy on the pour, but lacing was light.

Aroma - Cinnamon toast nose. Very roasted, yet sweetness to it.

Taste - It gives a equal dosage of medium flavored herbal/piney/floral hopping to a somewhat roasty malt. Good robust flavor contrast that works because both are mellow.

Mouthfeel - Not too thick.. Flavors linger on the palette like an ale of a lighter style.

- Drinkability: High. Nice and roasty enough to be good on a cool evening or a breezy warm night. This one goes down smooth, but isn't build for thirst quenching.

Overall - Good beer. A highly drinkable version of the style. Good, unique hop/malt balance in the flavor profile.

Photo of drouss48
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything a great brown ale should be. Perfect for the fall drinking season. I would expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada.

I bought a 1/6 barrel of this and tossed in my kegerator. Poured into a pint glass, pushed with beer gas.

A: Beautiful dark copper/amber color. An aggressive keg pour lead to a perfect, rich creamy 2 finger head. Lacing was good, but faded quickly.

S: Nothing to over powering to me here. There is some sweetness on the nose, maybe chocolate? Some toasted malts in the background.

M: Well balanced mouth feel here. Medium bodied, getting heavier as the beer warms. Carbonation is perfect on the middle/back of the tongue. Warms you from the inside out as it goes down.

T: Roasty toasty malts. Bitter sweets chocolates that are balanced out by the background presents of Sierras ever present hops.

This keg won't last me long. :)

Photo of jamex
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack for $9.99. Some code on the bottle reads: 026711753. Tried to decipher it on the Sierra Nevada website and got a headache from the confusion.

Poured a nice, rusty chestnut with red highlights and a nice, glass clinging head.

Smell is faint, but one of malt, cedar and nut. Little smoky. Distant aromas of ocean-soaked sailboat and the inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Very faint leather and 'saddle.'

A nice, easy drinkable brown. A pretty clean taste with no objectionable aftertaste. There's a touch of maple or some other sweetness. Maybe my mind is stuck on the label but it reminds me of October, pumpkins, falling leaves and Halloween.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, I believe there was a date code, but it's covered by the store's price sticker.

color is a clear chestnut brown, with red highlights. thick white head.

aroma is off-putting. wierd metallic smell. taste is good though, smooth malty flavor. well balanced, not too sweet or bitter.

lower carbonation, thin to medium body. smooth.

drinkability is lower because I just can't get over that odd aroma.

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown with a finger and a half creamy tan head. A desent amount of lacing. Aromas of carmel malts and coffee. On the palate toasted barley, chocolate, and dry white bread with a hint of metal finish. Good carbonation with a medium body. All in all I'd give it "Two thumbs up".

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a twelve-pack at my local Jewel grocery store. First place I've seen it so far.

The coilor is a nutty deep copper color with a nice tan head of two fingers width that remains and thick, sticky film down to the last sip. Very nice bubbling for a brown ale I must say.

Rich toasty, nuty malt with the right spcie of peppercorns and a little citrus splash for the right bitter sniff.

The smell has is almost spot on with taste. But the toasty, roasty, and nutty malts are overshadowed a bit by the bitter middle all the way to aftertaste. Still good and very sessionable. I already bought another twelver of this beer. And I will do it again as long as its available.

Photo of xrdsci
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Deep brown, almost opaque. Off-white, soapy head that quickly fades. Clingy lacing.

S: Toasted malts, cocoa, some sweetness, and a bit of smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malts and caramel character up front. Maybe some hints of smoke. Some sweetness in the middle. Finishes dry. Not much in the way of hop character, but it's there.

M: Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is transparent nut brown with a mammoth tan head that leaves tons of soapy lace. The aroma is nutty and grainy with toasted malts, hints of caramel and just a bit of citrus in the finish. The flavor is full of toasted malts and grains. The pallet is coated with a nutty flavor. The taste is also very earthy, I would imagine dried leaves to be an ingredient in this. The mouthfeel seems kind of thick and the carbonation is a bit lower than I would prefer on this one. Overall, this one is acceptable and easy enough to drink.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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